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Peru & The Galapagos Islands

Peru & The Galapagos Islands

Cruise Highlights:

  • View cultural riches in Cusco and at the pre-Columbian MuseD Larco in Lima
  • Take a scenic train journey to and from Machu Picchu
  • Experience species of birds and mammals; friendly and inquisitive, lacking of fear

At a glance

Duration: 15 Days, 14 Nights

Coverage: Lima, Peru Roundtrip

From: $8,490

Season: February – June, September - November

Activities: Birding, Hiking, Natural history, Photography, Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Zodiac cruises

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Time stops in ancient cities in Peru and on Equatorial islands remote and remarkable. Mystical monuments in Machu Picchu chronicle an Incan empire that dates back to the 1400s and was lost for centuries until its rediscovery in 1911. The first recorded sighting of the volcanic archipelago named for the tortoises that inhabited them was in 1535. The Incan city escaped the ravenous appetites of Spanish conquistadors in the 1600s, as did the mysterious islands that seemed to vanish from the sight of 17th-century sailors who called them enchanted. Both fascinating destinations stand as lasting testament to days gone by, with Machu Picchu silently marking history, and the Galapagos Islands remaining as uniquely intriguing as nature intended, with Equatorial wildlife still blissfully unaware of the modern-day world.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 ~ Arrive Lima

A transfer is included from Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport to the Miraflores Park Hotel. Lima chronicles its rich history in Renaissance churches, palaces, mansions and exclusive neighborhoods like Miraflores, where your five-star hotel enjoys a premier location.

Day 2 ~ Discover Life in Lima

View the world's largest private collection of pre-Columbian art at the Museo Larco, housed in an 18th-century colonial mansion, and meet smooth-gaited Peruvian pasos during a visit to a horse ranch. Sightseeing continues back in Lima when we take you inside San Pedro Church, built in 1638, to see its gold-leafed Baroque altars and "La Abuelita," the oldest bell in Peru. Join us tonight for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner. Meals BLD

Day 3 ~ Sacred Valley of The Incas

Rise early for a flight to Cusco, the place to begin your in-depth exploration of Incan culture. A weaving demonstration at a local farm showcases colorful traditions that have been handed down through the centuries, followed by a close-up look at the mighty fortress of Ollantaytambo. Your eco-friendly hotel features spectacular views in an enchanted Sacred Valley setting. Meals BLD

Day 4 ~ Explore Machu Picchu

A walking tour leads to a visit to a private home before boarding a rail journey back in time to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. A local expert enriches your visit with insights and stories that make the spiritual history of this sacred Inca citadel come alive. Spend the night at the sought-after Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, located close to the entrance of this mystical site. Meals BLD

Day 5 ~ Mystical Machu Picchu & Cusco

If you wish, explore Machu Picchu's ruins again on your own before returning to Cusco to visit Korikancha. Stay for the next two nights at the lavishly restored Hotel Monasterio. Meals BLD

Day 6 ~ Discover Coloniel Cusco

Sightseeing of ancient stone ruins and city landmarks is balanced with time at leisure today to enjoy Cusco, your way. Meals B

Day 7 ~ Fly to the Port City of Guayaquil

Fly via Lima to Guayaquil, the perfect gateway for your 6-night Galapagos cruise. Enjoy city sightseeing upon arrival. Meals BD

Day 8 ~ Cruising Begins in the Galapagos

Your morning flight takes you to San Cristobal, starting point for your cruise aboard your expedition ship, Isabela II. Shore excursions with our expert naturalists aboard Zodiac-style pangas introduce you to the islands' iconic giant tortoises. Enjoy the Captain's welcome reception tonight! Meals BLD

Day 9 ~ Wet & Dry Landings at Genovesa

Cruise along the cliffs of Genovesa (Tower) Island to Prince Philip's Steps. Climb up to flat land for a walk across the island to see large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels. A wet landing on lava terrain lets you view the birds of beautiful Darwin Bay. Swim or snorkel before returning to the ship. Meals BLD

Day 10 ~ Explore Buccaneer Cove

British buccaneers frequented James Bay at Isla San Salvador in the 1600s, bringing with them treasures of pirated gold and taking tortoises and firewood when they returned to the sea. Today the island is home to feral goats, Galapagos fur seals, marine iguanas, hawks and herons. Meals BLD

Day 11 ~ Fernandina and Isabela Islands

Explore the youngest of all the islands when you join us for a walk on Fernandina Island. Marine iguanas, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs and birds are in abundance here. It's off to secluded Tagus Cove on Isabela this afternoon, a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike takes you to the rim of Darwin's Lake for stunning panoramic views of the island's six volcanoes. Meals BLD

Day 12 ~ A Close Look at Volcanic Urbina Bay

Walk on what was once the ocean floor at Urbina Bay, treading carefully on coral and shells amid large, sun-bathing land iguanas, an occasional tortoise and flocks of Darwin's finches. A panga ride with our naturalist reveals life along the partly sunken cliffs of Ecuador Volcano on the northern tip of Isabela Island (Punta Vicente Roca). Meals BLD

Day 13 ~ Rabida & Santa Cruz Islands

Go ashore on a red sand beach at Rabida Island for a chance to see sea lions, pelicans, red- and blue-footed boobies and greater flamingos. Walk to a brackish lagoon on Santa Cruz to see stilts, pintail ducks and sandpipers and savor great views of the islands and resident iguanas and flycatchers during an inland hike with a naturalist. Meals BLD

Day 14 ~ Fly to Guayaquil

Fly back to Guayaquil today from Baltra. Enjoy free time at the hotel before joining us for our farewell party and dinner. Meals BD

Dates & Rates

Isabella II Categories
2015 C B A
September 22 $9,790 $9,990 $10,190
October 20 $9,790 $9,990 $10,190
November 3 $9,790 $9,990 $10,190

Map

Peru & The Galapagos Islands Itinerary Map

Ships

Isabella II

Isabella IIThe 40-guest Isabela II, with 20 outside cabins, is one of the most luxurious yachts cruising the Galapagos. Presenting an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, her helpful and warm staff attend to your every need. View ship details...